British Values

At Mountnessing C of E Primary School we uphold British Values in a variety of ways, Some are listed below as examples of the good work that we continue to do.

  • In collective worship daily we learn about different Christian Values. The work on these values is looked at not only within the christian religion, but how is it also upheld in other religions and in our daily lives in and out of school. For example, when we learnt about 'Justice' as a Christian Value the children in class 4 also held a mock court case where they investigated the roles and responsibilities of those involved in upholding the law and having justice for all.

 

  • Each school year we hold democratic voting system where new members of the school council, eco council and house captians are voted in by the whole school. The children who put themselves forward have to prepare a speech in their own time and as a school we dedicate time to hearing the speeches, and holding a private and democratic vote to elect new members. This is a treasured part of the new school term, and one that the children look forward to taking part in.

 

  • Our councils meet regularly and discuss school issues with members of staff. The decide on special days to host in school to raise money for their chosen causes and charities as well as raise money to spend on things they believe will improve the school. Eco council in the past have raised money to buy new bird feeders and school council would like to start a toy library when they have raised enough money to buy some new games and toys.

 

  • We have had visits from extended services to talk to the children about respect and from PC Sanderson to talk about saftey and how to uphold the law.

 

  • At the beginning of each school year we talk to the children about their rights and responsibilites as members of the school community. This is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) based on the children's rights, each class chooses some to focus on and they decide what responsibilites they have to make sure everyone gets their right. For example: Every child has the right to be heard. This means that every child has the responsibilty to listen to others, to put their hand up in class when they want to contribute, to values others opinions when they differ from their own and to respect different faiths and cultures. These then create a 'Class Charter' which all children sign up to abide by for the following year.

 

Mountnessing C of E Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability.  At Mountnessing School all staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, with a tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

This policy also links to our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy, our Anti Bullying Policy and our Behaviour Policy.

The main aims of this document is to ensure that staff are fully engaged in being vigilant about radicalisation; that they overcome professional disbelief that such issues will not happen in our small school and ensure that we work alongside other professional bodies and agencies to ensure that our pupils are safe from harm.

The principle objectives of that are:

  • All governors, teachers, teaching assistants and non teaching staff will have an understanding of what radicalisation and extremism are and why we need to vigilant in school.
  • All governors, teachers, teaching assistants and non teaching staff will know what the school policy is on anti-radicalisation and extremism and will follow the policy when issues arise
  • All parents and pupils will know that the school has policies in place to keep pupils safe from harm and that the school regularly reviews its systems to ensure they are appropriate and effective.

Radicalisation is defined as the act or process of making a person more radical or favouring of extreme or fundamental changes in political, economic or social conditions, institutions or habits of the mind. Extremism is defined as the holding of extreme political or religious views.

Although no cases of radicalisation have ever occurred at Mountnessing to date it is important for us to be vigilant in an age of new media streams and easier access to websites etc. Staff are reminded to suspend any professional disbelief that instances of radicalisation 'could not happen here' and to refer any concerns through the appropriate channels (safeguarding co-ordinator)

Our curriculum promotes respect, tolerance and diversity. Children are encouraged to share their views and recognise that they are entitled to have their own different beliefs which should not be used to influence others.

Children are regularly taught about how to stay safe when using the internet and are encouraged to recognise that people are not always who they claim to be online. They are taught to seek adult help if they are upset or concerned about anything they read or see on the internet.

Through INSET opportunities in school, we will ensure our staff are fully aware of the risks and vulnerabilities that are linked to radicalisation and brief them on awareness of radicalisation and how this can be identified early on.

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